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10 Surprising Facts about Breastfeeding

I’ve learned so much about breastfeeding in the last 7 years and wanted to share some of the amazing facts about breastfeeding and breastmilk.

  1. Pregnant moms start making milk at week 14 of pregnancy.
  2. Given the time necessary, a newborn baby laid down on mom’s chest will find the breast and breastfeed with little to no help from mom.
  3. On the first day of life, babies drink only about a teaspoon of milk per feeding.
  4. Babies do not know hunger until day 3 of life. They are born with a high suck need.
  5. Colostrum is yellow because it contains the powerful anti-oxidant beta carotene.
  6. The size of a woman’s breast has no effect on her milk supply.
  7. Whatever environment mom breastfeeds in, her body will create antibodies for her breastmilk against the germs that her body detects in that environment.
  8. Babies do not use their teeth to breastfeed.
  9. A breastfed baby that is offered a bottle quickly, will act hungry after finishing, because she did not get her suck need fulfilled.
  10. The average weaning age globally is 7 years old.